As you may already know, there are many different options in the market when it comes to driveway surfaces. You have the more standard concrete driveway that is very strong but can easily be damaged when it is not sealed correctly. Then there are tarmac and block paved surfaces that are durable and long lasting, but can require some maintenance and can only be installed in dry weather. In the last 10 years Resin Bound paving has become more popular, this is a new driveway surface that combines the best elements of concrete and asphalt to give you a driveway that is durable, strong and can be installed in any type of weather.
Resin Bound Driveways are an exciting new development in the driveways market; they are a great option for anyone who wants to improve the look of their driveway, without having to spend too much money. Resin Bound Driveways are a fantastic option for people who want to improve their driveway’s visual appearance but don’t want the traditional block paved effect or imprinted concrete.
This innovative resin surface has been used in driveways and other surfaces for years, but it has only recently become a viable option for the domestic market to replace concrete, block or tarmac driveways – and for good reason. Stamped (imprinted) concrete is also a great product for driveways, but can be much more expensive than resin bound surfaces and does require more regular cleaning and maintenance to become long lasting.
What is a resin bound driveway?
A resin bound is a material used for paving and surfacing that is made up of two main components. First you have aggregate, like fine stone, pebbles, gravel and even marble. These small, fine materials are then cold mixed with a type of composite resin. This resin, in liquid form then has a chemical reaction with a hardening agent which then sets into a solid polyurethane.
This creates a very hard wearing surface that looks very aesthetically pleasing being completely smooth. Southampton Driveway Pro are experts in the installation of this material and many homeowners in the city are choosing this as their preferred driveway and patio material.
The Main Benefits of Resin Bound Southampton
- When you see our portfolio of finished resin drives and the testimonials from happy customers you will start to realise just how good these groundwork projects look. So one of the main advantages is the fact that it will really set your property apart from the rest as it gives a luxurious finish which gives a great first impression when entering your property.
- When the mixture sets smooth and firm, the incredible part is that the fine mixture of the aggregate and the way it is bonded allows for tiny gaps (invisible) in the surface. This means it is completely permeable and water will simply drain away efficiently.
This makes the material SUDS compliant which is the industry standard accreditation for paving surfaces that are able to drain water effectively.
- Resin bound driveways are easy to maintain
- They are resistant to extreme weather conditions and are long lasting (Up to 25 Years)
- There is no planning permission required and can be installed quickly
How is it made?
The actual resin is a liquid which comes in two parts. When the two chemicals are combined it creates a reaction within the molecules causing them to harden. The end result is a durable solid plastic material
When this is mixed with the aggregates using a traditional cold action mixer on site of installation is bonds to create driveway perfection. We have been making resin bound driveways in Southampton for many years and have a team of professionally trained paving experts who have the specialist knowledge to make and install this product.
Should You Invest in Resin?
The type of surface you choose for your property is a personal preference, this decision will be based largely on budget but also the visual finish you are after. Resin bound is more expensive than gravel or tarmac for instance but in our opinion you do get a much longer lasting paving so in the long term you could argue the expense is similar.
Why don’t you give us a call and our patio builders in Southampton can visit your house and give you some friendly advice on the different options you have.
We can offer a choice of all the traditional types of driveway products but with the resin option you have a multitude of options with the different types of aggregates and colours that are available.